Russell Shorto Named To NYS Writers Hall of Fame

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The Center for the Book has announced that noted historian Russell Shorto is among the six members of the 2018 Class of Inductees for the NYS Writers Hall of Fame.

Author, historian, and journalist Russell Shorto is best known for his book The Island at the Center of the World about the Dutch origins of the City of New York.

Also being inducted are Colson Whitehead, Jacqueline Woodsonand three deceased writers: Ira Gershwin, E. L. Konigsburg, and Jose Marti.

The induction will take place on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at the Princeton Club of New York.

The full list of the 2018 inductees is as follows:

Ira Gershwin (1896-1983) – American lyricist who created many of America’s best loved songs with his brother George Gershwin;

E. L. Konigsburg (1930-2013) – Newbery Award Medalist of children’s books including From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler;

Jose Marti (1853-1895) – Poet, essayist, journalist, and revolutionary philosopher;

Russell Shorto (1959) –Author, historian, and journalist known for his book The Island at the Center of the World about the origins of Dutch New York;

Colson Whitehead (1969) – Pulitzer and National Book Award winning novelist;

Jacqueline Woodson (1963) – Author of both books for children and adults, she has served as the Young People’s Poet Laurate and is currently the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature.

This year’s nominees into the NYS Writers Hall of Fame were chosen by a selection committee comprised of: Barbara Genco, retired librarian from Brooklyn Public Library and Editor of Collection Management at Media Source; Paul Grondahl, Director of the New York State Writers Institute; Brian Kenney, Director of the White Plains Public Library; Stefanie Peters of the Library of America,; Kathleen Masterson, Director of the Literature Program at the New York State Council on the Arts; Ira B. Matetsky Esq., partner at Ganfer & Shore; Christine McDonald, retired director of the Crandall Library in Glens Falls; Bertha Rogers, Executive Director of Bright Hill Press & creator of the New York State Literary website and map; Charlene Rue, Brooklyn & New York Public Libraries Book Ops; Cynthia Shor, Executive Director of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association; and Rocco Staino, Director of the Empire State Center for the Book.

The Empire State Center for the Book is part of the Library of Congress Center for the Book and is housed at the New York Library Association. For additional information on the Empire State Center for the Book and the Writers Hall of Fame, contact Rocco Staino at or (914) 475-3857.

Photo of Russell Shorto.

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